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Got a Gap in your Smile?  Dental Implants to the Rescue!

Posted by Julie Berger on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

 

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Remember when you were a child, and you looked forward with giddy excitement to the day when you would lose your first tooth? Finally, you would have tangible evidence that you were growing up! You would proudly display your gap-toothed grin and prove once and for all that you were a Big Kid at last!

These days, however, the thought of losing a tooth probably isn't so thrilling. 

Everyone's situation is different, of course, but no matter how many teeth you've lost or why you've lost them, on this you can rest assured: you are not alone. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 35 million Americans are missing teeth on one or both jaws. So you are in good company.

In a paper detailing current trends in dental implant procedures, the U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this further statistical breakdown:

69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. 

Losing a tooth or two may prove embarrassing, but it is actually not unusual, and you definitely have options to restoring your smile to its former glory. One of the best ways to restore lost teeth is with dental implants. It’s the next best thing to growing a new tooth!

So don't despair.

Instead, look ahead to your next step!

Your Next Step

If your goal is to restore your smile, then your next step should be to schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options. After evaluating your particular situation, we'll work together to form a plan best suited to your needs. Did you know that today we are often able to replace all the teeth in one day?  Hopeless teeth are removed, dental implants are placed and you leave with a new smile!

Odds are high that dental implants will be right for you; but if not, we'll discuss your options and select the best and most efficient route. Everyone deserves a great smile!

Julie C. Berger, DDS, MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and prosthodontist.  She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

717-334-0555 GettysburgCosmeticDental.com

Not Your Grandfather's Dentures

Posted by Julie Berger on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 @ 18:07 PM

Missing teeth can be a serious issue that affects your speech, your appearance, and your ability to eat. Equally important, missing teeth can also negatively affect how you feel about yourself and how you appear to others. If you want to recapture the old you and become the person you used to be, dentures may be the perfect solution for you.

Modern dentures are available in a variety of options that can maximize both your appearance and you comfort, while simultaneously restoring your ability to both eat and speak.

Here are a few of the many denture options available from your dentist. Your dentist will be able to help you chose the best denture options to both greatly improve your quality of life and help you regain your winning smile:

  • A Complete Denture: This is what most people picture when they think of dentures. As its name implies, a complete denture replaces all of a patient's top or bottom teeth and is used when a patient has had those teeth removed. A complete denture consists of a removable plate, made of a pink material designed to look like the patient's natural gums, with the false teeth permanently affixed to the plate. This plate is then carefully fitted over the patient's gums. This is the most basic kind of denture. A properly fitted complete denture can change a patient's life by giving the patient the confidence that comes with having perfect, straight teeth that to the casual observer are indistinguishable from the patient's nature teeth.
  • A Partial Denture: As the name implies, a partial denture is smaller or partial version of the complete denture, and is used when a patient is missing only a few consecutive teeth. A partial denture attaches to the adjacent or nearby teeth to remain in place. Your dentist will be able to match the color and tint of the false teeth with the existing natural teeth, making the partial denture undetectable to both family and friends.
  • An Implant-Supported Denture: A recent innovation in teeth replacement is the implant-supported denture. This type of denture offers significant advantages to the patient in terms of appearance, durability and comfort compared to traditional denture options. Implant-supported dentures consist of two parts: false teeth mounted on a clear acrylic base, and implants or attachment studs which are placed in the jaw bone. The implant-supported dentures simply fit over the gum and click into place on the stud or attachment point, giving the dentures a firm, comfortable fit that will not loosen or fall out. This unmatched fit means that implant-supported dentures will stay in much more solidly than conventional dentures. Many of the problems associated with traditional dentures, such as irritation or sores or embarrassement may be avoided. 
  • Fixed Teeth with Implants  New techniques often allow us to replace bad teeth with teeth fixed to the jaw with dental implants in one day.  Only your dentist can take the teeth out. You can eat, talk, socialize, and date without worrying about dentures moving or loosening.

Julie C. Berger, DDS, MS is a Gettysburg dentist and board certified prosthodontist.  She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

717-334-0555      GettysburgCosmeticDental.com

Topics: Gettysburg Dentures

Can't Tolerate CPAP?

Posted by Julie Berger on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 @ 16:06 PM

 

 

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Many people believe that CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure machines are the only treatment options for sleep apnea sufferers. However, that is not the case. Dental appliances can also be used to effectively treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Do dental sleep appliances work like a CPAP machine?

Dental sleep appliances do not work in the same manner as a CPAP machine, but they do encourage uninterrupted breathing. A CPAP machine directs a stream of air into the face of the sleeper to promote a continuous breathing cycle. A dental appliance does not provide additional airflow. Instead, the device promotes proper placement of the structural components of the mouth. 

The intervals of interrupted breathing that are associated with sleep apnea often occur when the soft tissues within the mouth collapse into the throat to obstruct airflow. A dental appliance can keep the lower jaw in proper position during rest to discourage soft tissue collapse.

Are dental appliances for sleep apnea bulky?

One reason that many people find it difficult to sleep while using a CPAP machine is the bulk of the device. The mask covers a significant portion of the face, making some sleep positions awkward and uncomfortable. 

Dental sleep appliances fit in the mouth like a custom mouth-guard. The appliance fits onto the upper teeth and the lower teeth. Most people find the appliance quite comfortable.

Is the process for obtaining a dental sleep appliance lengthy?

Only a few appointments are needed for the creation of your dental sleep appliance. During one appointment, a mold of your mouth is made to use as a guide for the dental lab that will fabricate the appliance. Once the appliance is complete, a fitting appointment is scheduled to ensure that the device fits and performs as it should.  You will be monitored with several appointments over a period of time to make sure the appliance is working optimally.

Does insurance pay for oral sleep appliances?

Oral sleep appliance therapy is a recognized effective treatment for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.  It is often covered by medical insurance.

 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

 

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Topics: tmj pain, Tmj

Teeth in a Day All-On-Four in Gettysburg?

Posted by Julie Berger on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

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Root canals, gum disease, fillings, and crowns…oh my.  If you’ve been through the mill with your teeth you know who you are.  We all want to keep our natural teeth for a life-time, but sometimes enough is enough.  Recent new TeethXpress technology allows some great solutions.

 

It used to be that removable dentures were the only option.  You had your teeth removed and had an immediate, temporary type denture placed, and then, after several months of healing, another final denture.  You hoped you could accommodate to a new lifestyle of wearing a removable piece of plastic in your mouth.  You hoped that your mouth was shaped right so that the denture would stay in.  If you had a dry mouth or a gag reflex then removable dentures might never work well.

 

Along came dental implants.  Now we had a way to give you fixed teeth that were almost like your own natural teeth.  But the procedure was long and complicated.  You had to have the teeth removed and wear removable dentures for six months to a year.  Then implants were placed and you waited another six months or so.  Finally the process of making fixed teeth held in by implants could be started.  This would take another several months.  It was not uncommon for the process to take about two years from start to finish, and it was very expensive.

 

Today, with the proper planning and technology such as TeethXpress, we can often remove teeth, place implants, and make fixed teeth all at the same visit.  You’re sedated and comfortable and leave with a new smile held in by dental implants.  There’s a period of healing and the first set of teeth are temporary for several months, but you are never without fixed teeth; no loose dentures and no big piece of plastic covering the palate. Most patients feel good enough to get back to their normal routine with practically no down time.  A brand new set of teeth in one day! The price tag has also come way down from just a few years ago.

 

Eat healthy, socialize without embarrassment, date again, get that new job.  A new TeethXpress smile with fixed teeth can help get you there!

 

 

Julie C Berger, DDS, MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and prosthodontist specialist. 

 

GettysburgCosmeticDental.com    717-334-0555

Topics: Teeth in a Day, All on Four, Gettysburg

Same Day Dentures?

Posted by Julie Berger on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 @ 16:12 PM

 

 

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As modern dentists our goal is for you to keep your teeth for a lifetime.  The reality, however, is that not everyone can.  That’s when a denture specialist (prosthodontist) can help.

It is very possible for most people to have dentures placed at the same appointment that teeth are removed. The biggest advantage to one-day dentures is that you never have to worry about going without teeth for any length of time. 

Whenever a full mouth extraction is planned, the process of preparing and creating dentures that will replace the removed teeth on the same day of extraction starts several weeks prior to the extraction procedure. Moulds are made of your mouth and natural teeth before teeth are removed. Right after your teeth are removed the new, immediate dentures are ready to be inserted. The new dentures can act as a band-aid for your gums.

One-day or immediate dentures are often the best way to start with new dentures. You will need to be patient with your prosthodontist and let her help you through the transition.  Your new teeth will require adjustments as the gums and bone shrink and you may need relines of the inside of the denture.  After six months to a year most people have a second set of dentures made to fit the healed gums and the new jaw bone positions.  If you would like more solid retention of your dentures, dental implants can be placed.

Transitioning to dentures can be difficult.  Beginning with the expertise of a board certified prosthodontist can help smooth out your journey to a great new smile.

 

Julie C. Berger, DDS, MS is a Gettysburg, board certified, prosthodontist and former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

GettysburgCosmeticDental.com       717-334-0555

Topics: dentures Gettysburg, dentures

New to Dentures?  Here are some Cleaning Tips from your Gettysburg Denture Specialist!

Posted by Julie Berger on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 @ 18:04 PM

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You've just got your first set of dentures and you're not sure how to clean them. Don't worry: you're Gettysburg denture specialist is here to help! The following advice (and cleaning procedure) will ensure that you properly clean your dentures.

Safety Procedures

Before cleaning your dentures for the first time, it's important to follow a few basic guidelines, which include:

  • Never clean your dentures in boiling water. Remember, your dentures are made of material that may warp and make it impossible to fit them in your mouth.
  • Dentures are strong, but not impossible to break. Dropping them while cleaning over a hard surface (such as a sink) can cause serious damage. Fill the sink with water before cleaning to help cushion the blow.  Or place a towel or washcloth in the sink to help cushion the blow.
  • Never use metal scrapers, scouring pads, hard brushes, or other abrasive cleaning tools, as they can scratch the surface of your dentures.

Follow these simple safety procedures when cleaning your dentures and they'll last a lot longer.

Daily Cleaning Method

You're going to have to take great care to clean your dentures every day. Start by brushing your dentures after every meal. Take them out of your mouth and scrub them with antibacterial soap and a soft or ultra soft toothbrush. Make sure to pay attention to areas that are hard to reach towards the back of the mouth. Scrub the "gum" area to avoid bad breath.

Now, run your dentures under warm water to break away any food particles. To eliminate nasty smells, soak them in denture tablet cleaner for overnight to remove bacteria and stain. Rinse them with water before returning to your mouth.

Regular maintenance and cleaning of your dentures ensures that they will stray strong, sturdy, and wear-free for years to come. In fact, it can elongate their lifespan up to 20 years!

 

Julie C. Berger DDS, MS is a Gettysburg dentist and board certified prosthodontist.

717-334-0555  GettysburgProsthodontist.com

Topics: dentures Gettysburg

From Your Denture Specialist in Gettysburg

Posted by Julie Berger on Sun, Mar 13, 2016 @ 13:03 PM

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What's the Difference between Dentures?

 

Sometimes we don't realize how much we rely on a body part until we lose it. We look at things at every moment throughout the day, rarely thinking about our eyes that allow us to do that. We use our hands and fingers to work, to write, to remove jar lids, to touch and feel, hardly considering those hands and fingers as a distinct and essential body part.

And so it goes with our teeth: we hardly notice them until we lose one or more. When it does happen, though, when we lose one or more teeth, we are suddenly aware of how our teeth impact facial structure and appearance, of how essential they are to enjoying our food and beginning the process of digestion with thorough chewing, even how they allow us to speak clearly.

Dentistry has come a long way! There was a time when tooth loss was a sign of old age, but the day has arrived that expert dental procedures can restore and maintain your youthful appearance and your health as you are able to enjoy eating (and chewing) the way you did before a tooth loss.

As you think about ways to restore your good dental structure, your youthfulness and your health, be sure you understand your options. Not all dentures are the same, and in order to enjoy the benefits you're picturing, you need to choose the right denture option using the best materials. You can do this most effectively, avoiding costly mistakes, by consulting with a Gettysburg denture specialist (prosthodontist).

How much do dentures usually cost?

High end custom dentures, involving more skill and artistry, can cost as much as $5,000 each, while lower end dentures with cheaper, plastic teeth can be as little as $300. The cost of a denture is reflected in the time and skill of the prosthodontist.   A denture made in one or two visits is generally not of the same quality as a denture made by a prosthodontist with the most modern techniques and protochols.

What keeps dentures in place?

Full dentures are held in by suction and denture adhesive.  How well they stay in depends, in great measure, on how much bony ridge you have left.  Lower full dentures almost never stay in very well.  Now-a-days, improved procedures allow denture specialists to use dental implants as a supporting structure.  With dental implants to hold dentures you can stand on your head and they won’t come out!

Can everyone tolerate dentures?

Some of the disadvantages people experience with dentures disappear with time as they adjust to wearing them. Unfortunately, not everyone can tolerate removable teeth.  You can avoid many disadvantages, however, by working with a good denture specialist to explore your best options and to get a well-constructed device with the proper bite and an excellent fit.

Talk with you prosthodontist specialist about the newest options such as small diameter dental implants or “all-on-4” fixed teeth replacements.

Imagine talking, eating, laughing,and kissing without self-consciousness! Imagine looking younger!  With the right dentures, you'll be able to do all that and more!

Julie C. Berger,DDS,FACP,MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a prosthodontist specialist.  She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

Topics: dentures

Fastbraces – Get Straighter Teeth Faster Then Ever Before!

Posted by Julie Berger on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 @ 16:06 PM

Are you looking for a straighter smile without the hassle and discomfort of traditional braces? Look no further than Fastbraces®!

Fastbraces® used advanced technology to move the tooth crown and the root of the tooth at the same time, yielding a much quicker treatment time than is possible with traditional braces. Now, patients who require braces can get amazing results often with far less sensitivity, generally in about a year, and in some cases, even just a few months.

Learn more about Fastbraces in Gettysburg, PA.

Topics: Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Braces for Teeth, Fastbraces, Orthodontics, Straighter Teeth, Dental Braces

Flossing: Are You Guilty of Ignoring It?

Posted by Julie Berger on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 @ 15:07 PM

Recent studies have shown that a great many Americans are ignoring a simple activity that will keep their smiles looking gorgeous, help prevent cavities, reduce tooth loss, and – as many dentists and physicians believe – significantly reduce the chances of heart disease and strokes.

Though a large majority of patients swear they do this simple activity, according to the American Dental Association, more than 90% of Americans don’t!  What is that simple activity?  That’s easy – it’s flossing your teeth!  And just remember, a quick and strenuous attempt to floss right before your visit to our office doesn’t fool us!  Please continue reading – it can change your life!

Flossing is the absolute best method of cleaning bacteria and debris from the spaces in between your teeth and underneath your gums.  Left alone, that harmful film can cause cavities and gum disease, as it eats away at the bone that actually holds your teeth in place and causes your teeth to loosen and, sooner or later, be lost.  What’s worse, recent research has linked gum disease to heart disease and strokes.   But there’s hope for everyone!

Most activities require practice and patience.  You couldn’t play a musical instrument without practice and, more often than not, academic or professional tutelage.  You probably never solved a complex puzzle the very first time you sat down to try it.  And though flossing is certainly much easier than either of the aforementioned activities, far too many people try it just a few times and then give up in frustration believing that they can’t, and never will, do it correctly. But with a little patience and practice you definitely can!  And some of the better flosses in stores today make it so much easier than it has ever been in the past.

We at Samuels Dental Arts want you to keep your beautiful teeth for the rest of your life and maintain the best overall good health possible. Doing so involves flossing – remember, that simple activity – every day. We’re here to help you! Feel free to call us at (717) 778-4268 and we will arrange for one of our friendly, professional dental team members to give you a personal lesson. Or simply ask during one of your regular appointments.  We know that flossing correctly takes practice. But with the proper technique and commitment you’ll be a pro – and maintaining your beautiful smile and overall good health. Don’t wait another day! Call us today for more information. Your life and your smile are worth it!

Topics: Dental Hygiene, Flossing, General Dentistry, Gum Disease, Periodontal Disease

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